At 55 years old, Davor Suker has this physical status:
Davor uker (born 1 January 1968) is a Croatian former footballer and the current president of the Croatian Football Federation, a post he has held since July 2012.
During his playing career, he was known as a striker.
As a 16-year-old, theuker started his football career in his hometown, for local first division team NK Osijek.
He was the league's top goal scorer during his final season with the club.
In 1989, he signed for Dinamo Zagreb.
The Croatian War of Independence stalled a promising season for the 21-year-old, culminating in the transfer of the UKer to Sevilla in 1991. In La Liga, uker was highly regarded, with consistent results with Sevilla and being one of the top goal scorers in the division.
He signed with Real Madrid five years ago and was once more one of the top scorers in the league.
He helped Madrid win the Liga and UEFA Champions League titles as well while at the Santiago Bernabéu.
During Arsenal's run to the UEFA Cup final of 2000, the player distinguished himself.
He then spent a brief period with West Ham United before abandoning his career with the German side in 1860 Munich.
The 1998 FIFA World Cup in France, where he won the Golden Boot by scoring six goals in seven matches, was the crowning moment of uker's career.
He also won the Silver Ball as the second-best player of the tournament, behind Ronaldo.
Croatians earned the bronze medal in their debut World Cup debut, thanks to his goal-scoring efforts.
Croatia did not lose a single match in which the uker scored in advance of their semi-final loss to eventual champions France. He was named as Croatia's Best Player for the 2003 Jubilee Awards, and he came third in the FIFA World Player of the Year awards.
He is also on the FIFA 100 list of top footballers as the only Croatian on such a list.
With 45 goals in total, he is also Croatia's all-time top scorer.
He is widely regarded as the greatest Croatian striker of all time.
In 1984, a boy in Osijek's hometown, Osijek, started playing football for the club NK Osijek. He migrated to Dinamo Zagreb in 1989, where he scored 34 goals in 60 Yugoslav First League games. The UKer gave the appearance that he had been given his first call-up to the Yugoslavia national team. His participation at various clubs, including Spanish club Sevilla, which he joined in 1991, attracted many clubs, including Spanish club Sevilla.
On November 17, 1991, the UKer made his Primera División debut for Sevilla, replacing him as a last-minute replacement in Sevilla's 1–1 away draw. He made his first appearance in the following match, against Real Sociedad at home, and went on to score two goals in a 2–2 draw. He scored 6 goals in 22 appearances in his first season with the club. During Sevilla's first match of the new season away at Albacete, the country's first Primera hat-trick was defeated 4-3. With 13 goals in 33 games, he increased his tally from the previous season.
ker was the second-highest scorer in the league in 1993–94, defeating Barcelona's Romário. He made a total of 34 Primera appearances that season, as well as five braces and one hat-trick. During the 1992–93 season, uker played for Argentina legend Diego Maradona at the club. He scored a total of 33 goals in 64 appearances in Sevilla during the Spanish Primera's current and next seasons.
Since leaving Real Madrid, the uker went on to Real Madrid. This transfer occurred prior to the 1996–97 season. His goalscoring potential was evident with Los Galacticos, who scored 24 goals in 38 appearances. Following Barcelona's Ronaldo and Real Betis' Alfonso, Ukraine's third-best scorer in the league, he finished third, behind Barcelona's Ronaldo and Real Betis' Alfonso. He scored three hat-tricks in the Primera during that season, helping Madrid to lift the league championship. He formed a dangerous trio with Ral and Predrag Mijatovia to ensure eventual recognition for the club.
In the following season, UKer was back to winning the 1997–98 UEFA Champions League, winning the 1997–98 UEFA Champions League. In the Primera, the uker scored ten goals in 29 appearances. Despite the fact that he did well at the World Cup in 1998-99, his presence at Real Madrid was reduced throughout the 1998-99 season. This was seen as he made only 19 Primera appearances, scoring 4 goals as a whole. He departed the team before the season ended. His decision to leave came at the end of an eight-season stint in the Spanish Primera, in which he scored 114 goals in 239 appearances.
In the 1999-2000 season, he played for Arsenal in FA Premier League. In a 2–1 loss to Manchester Hale in September 1999, he made his league debut on August 22nd and came on as a substitute for the final 15 minutes. He appeared in another two games as a replacement before getting his first game in Arsenal's 3–1 home win over Aston Villa, where he scored a brace, his first two goals in the Premier League. With Arsenal, he competed in the 2000 UEFA Cup Final as an extra-time replacement, but he missed his penalty when Arsenal lost to Turkish side Galatasaray on penalties.
(once at home and twice away) he scored once in the League Cup against Middlesbrough and twice against AIK in the UEFA Champions League (also at home and once away). In 22 Premiership appearances with Arsenal, he scored 8 goals (including three braces) in totality.
During his time at West Ham United, the uker never managed to find his place in the first team for a long time and only made 11 Premiership appearances for the club this season, scoring twice against Manchester United and Sunderland. In the League Cup against Blackburn Rovers, he scored once more. His time in England came to an end, where he joined the 1860 Munich side in 2001-02.
In the club's 1–0 home victory over Energie Cottbus on November 1, 2005, 1860 Munich, uker made his Bundesliga debut, playing all 90 minutes. His first goal for 1860 came in their first match after the winter break, a tense effort that culminated in a 3–0 home victory over 1. FC Köln is a football team based in Köln. In a 4–2 away win over Borussia Mönchengladbach, where he scored a brace, he was on his best game of the season. With 4 goals in 14 appearances, he marked his first season in the Bundesliga.
In the 2002–03 season, he scored in 1860 Munich's 3–1 home win over Arminia Bielefeld. In 25 appearances in the Bundesliga, he scored 5 goals in 25 appearances. He made five appearances in the DFB-Pokal, scoring three goals.
In his youth performances, the uker's eye for goals was exemplified. He finished as the second highest scorer at the 1987 World Youth Championships in Chile, scoring six goals. With 22 goals scored in total, the Yugoslavians tied for the first time in Championship history. Yugoslavia went on to win the title with a generation of young talents. Some of these players went on to represent Croatia, such as Robert Prosineki, Zvonimir Boban, and Igor timac.
In the 1988 Seoul Summer Olympic games, the UKer competed for Yugoslavia. Those appearances were made in group stage matches against Brazil and Nigeria. He appeared in the UEFA Under-21 Championship for the second year in a row. Yugoslavia won their group stage after scoring four goals in five matches. In the second leg of his team's 3–0 quarter-final victory over Bulgaria on aggregate, he also scored the only goal. He scored against Italy once more. In the final against the Soviet Union, he scored one goal in the first leg. In total, he scored seven goals over the Golden Boot in the Championships. Yugoslavia continued to finish as runners-up, with a uker named as the Tournament's Golden Player.
In 1990, he was selected in the Yugoslavia national team's 22-man squad for the 1990 FIFA World Cup finals in Italy. However, he did not appear at the tournament, but not in a way.
In a friendly against Romania on December 22, 1990, uker made his debut for the newly formed Croatian national team. He earned his only two caps for Yugoslavia at senior level in 1991 against Turkey on February 27th and the Faroe Islands on May 16th. In the last match, uker scored his first international goal.' This was not surprising considering that Croatia was not affiliated with FIFA nor UEFA at that time.
In a friendly against Mexico in 1992, where he scored a brace in a 3–0 win, this was the second and first official match for Croatia. He then coached Croatia to their first big international tournament, UEFA Euro 1996, with a record of 12 goals in ten matches during the qualifying rounds. He scored three goals in four matches, including two in the 3–0 group stage victory over defending champions Denmark. He put up the final score with a spectacular looping shot over Danish goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel, who is also known as one of the best goals in the UEFA European Championship history. He was selected to Team of the Tournament after auker's success during the tournament.
After scoring five goals in nine matches during the qualifying rounds for the 1998 finals in France, the UKer then went on to qualify for their first FIFA World Cup. He scored six goals in seven matches, scoring in every match Croatia scored. These included goals in 1–0 victories over Japan and Romania in the group stage and Romania in the round of 16. Christian Wörns fouled the UKer in the quarter-finals against Germany, giving him a straight red card. In a 3–0 victory, a uker scored the last goal. He also helped the team advance to the final by scoring the opener against France in the semi-finals. Lilian Thuram brought the match back to the hosts with his only two international goals, winning France 2–1 and a spot in the final.
In a 2–1 victory over the Netherlands, uker scored the match-winner, leading Croatia to a remarkable third-place finish in their first World Cup appearance since becoming a sovereign nation. ker finished the Golden Boot as the tournament's top scorer, as well as the Silver Ball as the world cup's second-best player behind Brazil's Ronaldo.
After the 1998 World Cup, the UKer played for Croatia in their unintended bid to qualify for the Euro 2000. When scoring a 94th-minute winner over the Republic of Ireland at Maksimir Stadium in Zagreb, he was still trying to keep Croatia's hopes alive. Croatia would have a good chance of qualifying for the tournament thanks to the victory. In their final qualifier, the Croatians will face Yugoslavia 2–2 draw at home. If stood, the goal would have secured Croatia's qualification if played. During the campaign, he scored four goals in seven matches.
In 2002, he was also a member of the Croatian team in South Korea and Japan. However, in the tournament's 1–0 loss to Mexico in Croatia's first match, he played 63 minutes. After Croatia's dismission, uker announced his retirement from international football.
During his senior career, theuker earned a total of 71 international caps, two for Yugoslavia and one for Croatia. In total, the forward scored 46 international goals. He is Croatia's all-time top goal scorer with 45 goals. His 12 goals during the Euro 1996 campaign were a record set for more than ten years, but Northern Ireland's David Healy lost his record in 2007 after scoring 13 goals in Euro 2008 qualifying.